Shabbat-AND-Pesach-O-Gram, April 11-18, 2003, Nisan 9-16, 5763
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford, Connecticut
This Shabbat-O-Gram is being sponsored by Cathy, David, Adam and Rebecca Satz, in celebration of SPRING!
Todah Rabbah to the Satz family
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A SHABBAT-O-GRAM IN HONOR OF YOUR FAMILY’S SIMCHA AND HELP OUR CONGREGATION AT THE SAME TIME – SIMPLY SEND A CHECK FOR $100 TO THE TEMPLE OFFICE, INDICATING THAT IT’S TO SPONSOR A SHABBAT-O-GRAM, LET US KNOW WHO OR WHAT IT IS HONORING, AND WE’LL DO THE REST! YOUR SIMCHA WILL BE SHARED WITH THE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO ARE ON OUR MAILING LIST OR WHO HAPPEN BY OUR WEB SITE.
It will be a special pleasure this year, for the first time ever, to be sharing a community Seder together. Thanks so much especially to Gail Berman, who has worked tirelessly to make this dream come true. Evidently, this was an idea whose time had come, because 176 people have signed up! It will be a mini Shabbaton, with a little something for all ages. We are so sorry that we could not accommodate several families that have called after our final deadline of last Monday. I am reserving the right to extend an invitation (as space allows), even at the last minute, to a student or other single person in town, of any age, who has nowhere else to go and wishes to attend. If you know of such a person, please have them contact me ASAP.
If you are coming, be aware that this will be a participatory Seder. You are welcome to share family customs, special melodies and unique interpretations. Also, we’ll provide the wine, but this Seder is B.Y.O.P. BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW (if you are used to reclining on a pillow, that is). We’ll be using the new Hartman Haggadah, “A Different Night,” (great for all ages), supplemented by a pamphlet of songs and there will also be a children’s Haggadah for the younger kids. But feel free to bring different Haggadahs to provide additional perspectives. And finally, please note that we plan to start ON TIME. If you plan to be here a bit early, it will help us seat everyone get things rolling.
Happy Passover to you and yours from the Hammerman family.
To download a sale of Hametz form, click on
Signed forms must be in my hands by 8 AM on Wednesday morning. E-mail replies are also allowable. They can be returned by fax to the temple at our fax number, 322-0532.
What is the sale of hametz, anyway???? Find out at http://www.uscj.org/koach/hametzsale.htm and http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Passover/TO_Pesach_Home/Isaacs_Leaven_717.htm
Previous Shabbat-O-Grams can be accessed directly from our web site (www.tbe.org).
“E-mail from the Front”
As these fateful weeks continue, new “E-mail from the Front” has come in. Go to http://www.tbe.org/sog/Emailfromthefront.htm and scroll down to the most recent entries.
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF RECEIVING SOME E-MAIL FROM THE REAL FRONT THIS WEEK, A CORRESPONDENCE WITH OUR OWN SETH LAPINE, A MARINE NOW IN IRAQ. HE IS, THANK GOD, DOING WELL – MY HIS (AND OUR) PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE ANSWERED.
JUST THE FACTS…
Candles: 7:11 PM (nice name for a store)
Tot Shabbat: 6:30 PM in the lobby (with another special appearance by Matzo Man)
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 7:30 PM, in the lobby
Service: 9:30 AM
Children’s services: 10:30 AM
Torah Portion – Metzorah (Shabbat Ha-Gadol – the “Great Shabbat,” the Shabbat just before Passover)
Read the Masorti commentary at http://www.masorti.org/mason/torah/index.asp. JTS commentary is at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/parashah/. USCJ Torah Sparks can be found at http://uscj.org/item20_467.html. UAHC Shabbat Table Talk discussions are at http://uahc.org/torah/exodus.shtml. Other divrei Torah via the Torahnet home page: http://uahcweb.org/torahnet/. Test your Parasha I.Q.: http://www.ou.org/jewishiq/parsha/default.htm. CLAL's Torah commentary archive: http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvQhbV2AtLb/. Nehama Liebowitz archives of parsha commentaries: http://www.torahcc.org/nechama/gilayonarchives.htm. For a more Kabbalistic/Zionist/Orthodox perspective from Rav Kook, first Chief Rabbi of Israel, go to http://www.geocities.com/m_yericho/ravkook/index.html. For some probing questions and meditations on key verses of the portion, with a liberal kabbalistic bent, go to http://www.jewishealing.com/learning.html. Kabbala Online: http://www.thirtysevenbooks.com/
MAZAL TOV to Michael Stein, who becomes Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat morning
MAZAL TOV to Brian Nesin and Romy Smith, soon to be married, whose “Ufrufn” will be celebrated here this Shabbat morning
Service at 6:45 PM
MAZAL TOV to Sam Rosenfeld, who becomes Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat afternoon
PASSOVER SERVICES AND EVENTS
Search for Hametz (Bedikat Hametz) – Tuesday evening, at home.
No Hametz should be eaten from around 10:30 AM on Wednesday, nor should Matzah be consumed on the eve of the Seder
Siyum for the First Born – after morning minyan on Wednesday
Candles: Wednesday, 7:16 PM, Thursday at 8:18 PM, Friday at 7:18 PM – for information of the laws regarding use of fire and Yom Tov going into Shabbat, see
Festival Services: at 9:30 on Thursday and Friday mornings, and also on the 7th and 8th days, April 23rd and 24th. (Yizkor prayers will be recited on the 24th)
Second Seder – begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening
CHILDREN’S SERVICES WITH NURIT WILL BE HELD EACH OF THE FOUR WEEKDAY “YOM TOV” MORNINGS, AT 10:30 am. Older children are actively encouraged to come to our main service on those mornings. Parts are being distributed by the rabbi and cantor. Please contact them if you are interested. Since this week is school vacation, we especially encourage entire families to attend!
On Friday, April 18, there will be a Tot Shabbat at 6:30 PM and Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30.
On Shabbat, April 19, the service will feature guest speaker Dr. Ken Temple of our congregation (see below for details). It will be a Kahal service, with lunch to follow.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS FESTIVAL LUNCH ON 4/19, PLEASE LET US KNOW!
Morning Minyan: Daily at 7:30 AM, Sunday at 9:00 AM in the chapel – NO EARLY MINYAN ON DAYS 1,2,7&8 of Passover
MAZAL TOV also to: Marcie and Martin Nirschel on the birth of Jessica Natalie Nirschel, and Mindy and Allan Grafstein (and grandparents Gary and Judi Gladstein) on the birth of Daniel Max Grafstein.
The New Weekday Sim Shalom Prayer Books HAVE ARRIVED!!! We are now using them at our morning minyan. Come by and check them out!
IF YOU WISH TO DEDICATE ONE OR MORE IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE, PLEASE SEND A $25 DONATION, PER BOOK, TO OUR OFFICE.
PASSOVER From JTS (www.jtsa.edu):
Judith Hauptman examines the progression of women leaving the kitchen and joining in the Passover festivities and traditions in - Pesah: A Liberating Experience for Women at http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/luminaries/monograph/liberating.shtml
Read excerpts of Dr. Burton Vistozky's dynamic book on the Israelite exodus from Egypt and the story of Passover in - The Road to Redemption: Lessons from Exodus on Leadership and Community at http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/reading/bookexc/visotzky_road/
In charge of leading your seder this year and have no idea how to go about it?
Tired of reading about the holiday? Then why not listen to Why this Night? A Passover Special – a conversation between Chancellor Ismar Schorsch and National Public Radio personality Larry Josephson at http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/luminaries/interview/whatis_passover/
Beautiful online holiday postcards to send your loved ones from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library's extensive collection at
Or purchase these postcards and other items through The Jewish Theological Seminary Library at http://new.jtsa.edu/library/friends/index.shtml#sales
USCJ Passover Guides and Seder Supplements:
http://uscj.org/item13_813_815.html (how to Kasher your home)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_814.html (Ten Tips for a Great Seder, by Ron Wolfson)
More Ways to Enrich Your Seder Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner offers a wealth of ideas to enrich the content of your seder. He invites you to download his free Passover Guide and Seder Supplement (featuring all those funny song parodies): http://www.jewishfreeware.org/
http://uscj.org/item13_813_1103.html (Afikoman Treasure Hunt)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_826.html (Empty Seder Chair for Murdered Israelis)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_416.html (Seder Table Checklist)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_415.html (Changing over your Kitchen tips)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_414.html (Searching for Leaven)
http://uscj.org/item13_813_819.html (Matzah of Unity Reading -- Solidarity with Israel)
Steve Greenberg: Passover -- http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvPXbV2AtLb/
David Kraemer: Pesach - To Ask Questions -- http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvPYbV2AtLb/
Dianne Kohler Esses: To Tell the Exodus Story http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvPZbV2AtLb/
An Interactive Passover Holiday Card -- http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvP0bV2AtLb/
New Rituals for Pesach (The Shalom Center) http://www.shalomctr.org/html/seas03.html
New Israel Fund’s 20 page Haggadah Supplement: http://www.newisraelfund.org/content.cfm?id=1597&currbody=1.
The Forward: Finding Personal Meaning in Passover Rituals: http://www.forward.com/issues/2002/02.03.22/fast7.html
http://www.rabassembly.org/info/pesahguide/ Rabbinical Assembly guide to Passover practice
http://www.thejewishweek.com/bottom/special.php3 Jewish Week Passover supplement
http://www.ou.org/chagim/pesach/pesachguide/5763/default.htm -- This year’s OU Guide, available on Adobe
http://www.kosher.com/?ad=11 -- Order Passover food online
http://all-worldtravel.links2go.com/more/www.kosher.co.il/ An extensive array of Kosher links
www.iabolish.com/passover/ a valuable new web site that provides materials and activities about modern day slavery; are appropriate for Passover.
My Jewish Learning http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Passover.htm (also see the fascinating section on Bar/Bat Mitzvah on the home page this week)
The Use of Drama at the Passover Seder (fascinating historical survey) http://www.schechter.edu/pubs/insight23.htm
Three Myths Ripe for Deconstruction - Michael Gove (London Times)
- Britain and America armed Saddam's tyranny.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, between 1973 and 2002, Russia supplied 57% of Saddam's arms imports, France 13%, and China 12%. The U.S. supplied at most just 1% and Britain significantly less than that. Brazil supplied more weaponry to Saddam than the U.S. and Britain combined. No wonder France, Russia, and China declined to support action to disarm one of their best customers.
- Targeting Baghdad is a "diversion" from the war on terrorism.
The "secular" Iraqi regime played host to a variety of Islamist terrorists from across the Arab world, training them on its territory, supplying them with its weapons, and sending them abroad on missions to kill its enemies. During this war, Saddam's most determined defenders have not been the Iraqi Army but Islamist fanatics. Far from this campaign having been a distraction from the wider war on terror, it has been a hammer blow against a regime which sponsored, succored, and exported terrorism.
- We must now show "evenhandedness" by enforcing UN resolutions against Israel, just as we have against Iraq.
The attempt to imply some parity of guilt between Iraq and Israel is morally shameful and a willfully blind misreading of the relevant UN resolutions. Iraq was in breach of Chapter 7 resolutions, which provide for military action to deal with threats to international peace and security. The resolutions which concern Israel are based on Chapter 6 of the UN Charter and they are non-binding recommendations for settling disputes. To bracket Iraq and Israel in the way that Robin Cook did is to suggest that there is a moral equivalence between a murderer and someone who is having difficulty with marriage counseling. In arguing that, after Iraq, Israel must abide by UN resolutions, Jack Straw is placing terrorism's biggest victim, rather than its perpetrators, in the dock.
Jewish Casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom (JTA)
Corporal Mark Evnin, 21, of Burlington, Vt., a sniper scout with the Marines' 1st Division, was killed near Kut by Iraqi machine-gun fire.
According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Koopman, Evnin was shooting back after coming under fire. His wounds did not appear life-threatening, but he died while being evacuated by helicopter.
Evnin is the grandson of Rabbi Max Wall, rabbi emeritus of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, who served as a chaplain with the 9th Infantry during World War II.
Are 100 Bin Ladens on the Way? - Daniel Pipes (National Post-Canada) Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak predicts that the war in Iraq will have horrible consequences: "Instead of one bin Laden there will be one hundred bin Ladens." However, I expect that Muslim anger will diminish after an allied victory in Iraq, for the following reasons: Iraqi gratitude: Watching the gratitude of liberated Iraqis will undercut the Muslim sense of outrage that this war harmed the Iraqi population. Oil: When a new Iraqi government takes charge of its oil resources, the canard that Washington is fighting for control over Iraqi oil will die. Imperialism: The alacrity with which the allies remove themselves from controlling Iraq will assuage fears of it becoming part of a U.S. empire. Strong horse: As bin Laden himself put it, "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse." An allied victory will establish who the strong horse is, diminishing the ardor of its enemies to fight.
SUPREME COURT BARS WOMEN OF THE WALL FROM WESTERN WALL PLAZA
Earlier this week the Supreme Court barred Women of the Wall from holding prayer services at the Western Wall, and gave the government one year to prepare an adjacent area of the plaza for their use. Read Ha'aretz coverage
“[W]hy do we so mistrust Europe?… In 1967, when Israel was on the verge of being overrun…the French, our main arms provider, imposed an arms embargo, abandoning Israel to its fate. In 1973, when Israel was under attack from all sides, no European country except Portugal…would grant the U.S. overflight rights to rush to us emergency supplies… Much fresher still, however, is perhaps the greatest betrayal of all, the one that continues until this moment. In 2000, Israel finally did what Europe has been pressing for over three decades: it put on the table an offer of Palestinian statehood over some 97% of the territories. The Palestinian counter-offer? A terrorist offensive that continues to this day. As Israeli civilians were pounded by attack after grisly attack, Europe’s media and political leadership did not rush to our defense. Nor were they particularly evenhanded… Your colleague Louis Michel of Belgium stood on the tarmac of the Brussels airport and sent the Palestinians supplies. Your colleague Chris Patten of the European Commission refused to countenance the idea that the Karine A might have something to do with Yasser Arafat… Leading European intellectuals came to Arafat’s court to express their ‘solidarity’… Why does Europe not count for Israel?... Because Europe has no money in its moral bank account… Because when the chips have been down for us in the past, it was always the U.S., and never Europe, that came to our rescue…”—Editorial (Jerusalem Post, April 8)
“No scheme of this enemy, no crime of a dying regime, will divert us from our mission. We will not stop until Iraq is free. Having traveled hundreds of miles, we will now go the last 200 yards. The course is set. We’re on the advance. Our destination is Baghdad, and we will accept nothing less than complete and final victory.”—U.S. President George W. Bush (New York Post, April 4)
“This is a sad day for all the Arabs and Muslims, particularly the Palestinians… I invested a lot of money in buying a satellite dish and a new TV set because I wanted to watch the day the battle for Baghdad began… I was sure that this was going to be one of the great battles of the century, where an Arab army would inflict heavy losses on the invading crusaders. I feel as if a dagger has been stuck in my heart when I see American soldiers strolling in the heart of Baghdad.”--Nael al-Am, a 36-year-old Palestinian grocery owner in Ramallah. He is one of the few merchants who still displays a life-ize poster of the deposed Iraqi president. (Jer. Post, April 9)
Excitement and celebration!
SAVE THE DATE
IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT WE INSTALL A NEW CANTOR HERE!
JOIN US AS WE CELBRATE BETH EL, ITS FABULOUS PAST AND ITS GLORIOUS FUTURE AT AN HISTORIC, CAN’T MISS EVENT!
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Installation of Cantor Deborah Jacobson
Light Supper Reception
Spectacular Musical Concert with
Danny Maseng "Soul on Fire"
Watch your mail for your invitation.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PATRONS TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC MOMENT IN THE ANNALS OF TEMPLE BETH EL!!!
Beth El Cares Shabbat
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ken Temple
Dr. Temple, a member of our congregation (noted especially for coaching our baseball teams) happens to be a volunteer on what is called DMORT, the disaster mortuary operational rescue team. Part of the National Disaster Medical System, now part of Homeland Security and related to the Office of Emergency Preparedness DMORT is a federal team designed to provide mortuary assistant in the case of mass fatality and cemetery related incidence.
As a dentist, he is one of those people whom we always hear about who identify victims of disaster through their dental records. Ken spent a lot of time doing just that at the World Trade Center, and, more recently was at the Warwick Night Club in Rhode Island after the deadly fire. He has lots to teach us.
8th Grade Brunch
and discussion with
Cantor Jacobson and Barb Moskow
Sunday, May 4th, 2003
R.S.V.P. by 5/2 to
Jennifer Greenman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Madwed - email@example.com
Joelle Braun - firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE
“Six Million Times One”
Community Yom Hashoah
April 28, 2003
Temple Beth El
Request to the Community:
If you would like to include photographs of your loved ones who perished during the Shoah in our community event, please call Ilana De Laney, 321-1373, ext. 114.
We end on a note of HUMOR
Subject: If the Passover Story Were Reported by The NY Times or CNN (forwarded by Beth Boyer)
The cycle of violence between the Jews and the Egyptians continues with no end in sight in Egypt. After eight previous plagues that have destroyed the Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the plague of darkness.
Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. "It is simply impossible to report when you can't see an inch in front of you," complained a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. "I have heard from my reliable Egyptian contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence for me."
While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader, rebuts this claim. "If only the plagues would let up, there would be no slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every society."
Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is justifiable given the Jews' superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower God.
The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive. "The Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region.
The Jews should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world," stated an angry French President Jacques Chirac.
Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself within Pharaoh's chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be
the next plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while slavery is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when the plagues end, so will the slavery. "The Jews have gone too far with plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the Egyptian economy," Mr. Shapiro laments.
The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders, continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh had made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive. "Pharaoh is not in complete control of the taskmasters," Mr. Boucher states. "The Jews must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through these plagues."
The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace overture. If only the Jews will give up their language, change their names to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will incline toward peace with them, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.
And if the Exodus were being reported by the Iraqi Information Minister:
“Plagues? WHAT Plagues?”